Wednesday April 1

Yesterday was cool but the sun came out for a while.  Today’s weather will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 47 degrees. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy in the evening, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 30.

Today is April Fools’ Day! While our current crisis has us all focused on some very serious issues, I thought I would share some (light) history for the curious among us. On April 1, 1700, English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other. Although the day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery. Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582. Now you know…

This came in yesterday from the Garrett County Health Department.  They are doing an excellent job of keeping us informed and also wanted to reiterate some previous points and add some new ones, so here goes.  Please follow these and other communications from County government and the state:

>>Please call 911 only for medical emergencies, not for coronavirus information or questions. yesterday, public safety reported a large number of calls that were not emergencies. Tying up a dispatcher with non-emergency calls keeps them from answering other calls that may be about a life-threatening situation.

>>The Garrett County Health Department has established a COVID-19 Hotline to answer questions about symptoms, and other non-emergency medical questions. Call the COVID-19 Medical Hotline at 301.334.7698.

>>Many are asking what essential businesses can remain open during this state of emergency. The website helps answer this question and offers many other resources, including new COVID-19 business relief programs.

>>All transient vacation rental units were ordered closed on March 27th. This category includes individually rented properties such as Airbnb and vacation rental by owner, but does not include hotels or motels. For more information about this issue go to

Here’s a photo submitted by Jim Chason showing docks being put in place at the lake thew other day.  A positive image providing some hope for all of us in “isolation” at home.  Perhaps by summer we will be “licking our wounds” but on an upward, healing path as a community and Nation. Thanks for sharing Jim!

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